Expressive Words…..

Posted: June 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                          Stardate: 63960.1 (June 16th, 2010)

I would like to introduce another set of glossary, that seems to carries such a weight in terms of how we express others. Such as it is, that it does have some debate to it. Or quite apparently, so…..

Cooker Cooks
Some time ago, while traveling on a bus, I overhead this young chap seated infront of me telling his friends: “My mother is a good cooker.”

Hearing that, I was like……cooker?? Sure, there is such thing as a rice cooker, as what I know of. But to describe someone who cooks real well is a cooker seems…….baffled…

So, let’s put it this way. If someone who swims is a swimmer, someone who play the drum is a drummer, someone who cooks must be a cooker. Hmm…….

Everything’s Okay
Foreigners who have stayed here long enough will soon be able to catch the bright and simple side of Singapore, that most Singaporeans are inclined to say okay. Or alright or no problem to almost everything. From gratitude to difficulty or awkward situations as the quickest way to avoid an embarrassment.

You thank someone for coming to your party, and he or she replies; “It’s okay.” Some would say; “No problem.” A more gentle way, mostly from Western countries would replied; “Its my pleasure.” But come to think of it, it is really so formal to say “Its okay”, when someone thank you for inviting him or her to your party? Or ask a guest whether he likes vanilla or chocolate, and he replies; “It’s okay.” It can be exasperating, indeed.

You thank a neighbour for helping you weed the garden, and he acknowledges with an “It’s alright” when he could have said; “You are welcome.”

I recall this one hearing from the radio, where the host thanked a guest speaker after she agreed to an interview on air and she responded; “It’s alright.”

Even the okay, can suggest a certain measure of modesty on the part of the speaker. Its just anything that we can speak of, and that it seems to have a grilling sensation. Okay to this, okay to that, and I heard that it can also be downright rude if it is delivered with undertones of no big deal.

However, it was understood that sometimes, it can be difficult to utter the direct yes or no. I experienced this myself, but not to a complete extend that I might ended up feeling kinda guilty. This is perhaps why some people prefer the sedate okay, no problem or it’s alright.

But be aware however, there are times where the simple and humble okay is used to dispel a doubt. Or even a direct term, that something needs to be done. Take it for example, when a man tells his suspicious wife; “I came straight home after work, okay?” You can tell that he has a problem and its not going to be alright.

  1. Ryan says:

    Yeah…there’s such thing as a rice cooker. But no such thing as someone being a cooker. That had to be, a chef! LOL!!!

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